It’s time again for a tip of the hat for Pat.
That would be Patrick Stepniewski, who has been organizing our council blood drives for years. Even before that, when Holy Spirit had a men’s club instead of a KC entity.
The drive that was held in the community center dining room on Aug. 21 accommodated about 60 donations. That exceeded the 50 at the winter drive that we were quite pleased with. Patrick did an excellent job of getting the word out weeks in advance with multiple notices in the parish bulletin, making use of the big marquee sign by Danieldale Road beginning the weekend before the drive and overseeing pre-signups in the narthex for weeks.
Patrick was assisted by Andy Goza, Art Senato, James Smith and Dan Keough. Thanks, gentlemen, for helping donors sign in, leading them to the check-in area and making sure they were well taken care of in the canteen area after donating.
The donors included James Smith (when he wasn’t assisting), Deacon Al Evans, Tony Gonzalez, Bob Motta, Albert Torreblanca, Carlos Favela, council newcomers Jeff Traub and Sanka Jayasinghe and John Espree’s wife Bonnie.
Patrick is the chairman of the council’s health committee. His interest in the blood drive extends back beyond his 30-plus years doing it at Holy Spirit. He first got involved when he was a college freshman at St. Norbert College in his native Wisconsin.
Let’s aim for 70 next February!